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Table 3 Resource utilization pattern

From: Resource utilization pattern and cost of tuberculosis treatment from the provider and patient perspectives in the state of Penang, Malaysia

Resource Total utilizations (% of patients) Mean utilizations (median)
Chest Clinic   
  Scheduled consultation visits 1683 (100) 7.94 (8)
  Visits for medicine (DOT* room visits) 30931 (100) 145.9 (160)
  Consultations with the specialist (head of the department) 62 (27.4) 0.99 (1)
  Consultations with the specialist 116 (45.3) 1.21 (1)
  Consultations with the medical officer 1561 (100) 3.56 (3)
  TB coordinator 848 (100) 4 (4)
  Counter clerk and attendant 212 (100) 1 (1)
  Lab. investigation attendant 1107 (100) 2.65 (3)
Hospitalization 77 (11.8) 0.36 (0)
Chest X-ray 1233 (100) 5.82 (6)
Laboratory tests   
Bacteriological tests   
  Sputum smear 667 (100) 3.15 (3)
  Culture 165 (71.7) 0.78 (1)
  Polymerase chain reaction 152 (69.3) 0.72 (1)
  Drug sensitivity testing 150 (68.4) 0.71 (1)
  Non-specific tests   
  Biochemical 839 (99.5) 3.96 (3)
  Hematological 421 (93.9) 1.99 (2)
  Serological 279 (86.8) 1.32 (1)
  1. *DOT: Directly Observed Treatment.